The town of Texas
VII. 4-H and community organizations, pp. 49-62
TEXAS-WAUSAU HOMEMAKERS' CLUB Miss Mary Brady, the Marathon County Home Agent, organized the first Homemakers' Club on June 18, 1919, at the William Hobart home. Fifteen members joined the Club paying 10 cents a year dues. The first officers were: President, Mrs. Barney Holzem; Vice President, Mrs. Reinhardt Gohdes; Secretary, Mrs. William Hobart; Treasurer, Mrs. Charles Revie. Mrs. Gohdes is still a member being 88 years old. Mrs. Louise Grade who is 90 years old is also a member. She once taught the School which now homes the Club. The meetings were held the first and third Thursday of each Month. The name of the Club at first was "Help One Another", later, it was changed to "Home Demonstration Club". In September of the first year, it was voted to join the State Federation and Homemakers. The dues was raised to 25 cents per member per year because 10 cents per member was sent to the State. The Charter members were: Mrs. Geo. Sommers, Mrs. Chas. Revie, Mrs. Barney Holzem, Mrs. Bill Hobart, Mrs. Andrew Miller, Mrs. Liston, Mrs. Herman Weinkauf, Mrs. Fred Haase, Mrs. Aug. Lambrecht, Mrs. Aug. Lambrecht Jr., Miss Reiser, Mrs. Ed. Narron, Mrs. Walter Hinton, and Mrs. Reinhardt Gohdes. In the fall of 1952, the Texas-Wausau Homemakers' Club purchased the former Lenroot School of the Town of Wausau and converted it into a Club Center. The purchase price of the building and one acre of land was $1. The remodeling operation took place whenever two or three and sometimes a dozen members and their husbands would get together. Former Lenrot School - 1953 Old paint and varnish was removed and the crumbling plaster replaced. Many donations were given by the Club members. Projects to raise money were held: Such as card parties, selling vanilla, plant auctions, flower shows, and rummage sales. In the year 1975, the immediate members saw need for repair. The surface of the Lenroot Community Center needed a new face lift. Bricks were falling off. Mrs. Leonard Heise had recalled hearing of the Green Thumb. Connections were made with the Wisconsin Green Thumb Workers and the project got under way. The brick was removed and replaced with red siding with white trim and shutters. The interior was painted and new curtains purchased.
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